An in-depth study of the many myths and misconceptions about the Crusades and their definitive role in Western and Middle Eastern thought furnishes a look at the military operations between 1095 and 1500 that fall under the heading of Wars of the Cross, as well as a discussion of such issues as colonialism, cultural exchange, and economic exploitation.
Describes the 1932 protest by some 45,000 veterans of World War I, who arrived in Washington to lobby for the bonus promised them eight years earlier for their wartime service, examining the impact of their protest and the reactions of then president Hoover and the government on the social and political evolution of American history.
A history of the Erie Canal's construction and subsequent influence on American geography profiles the nation in the first quarter-century of the 1800s, demonstrating how the canal's creation impacted the industrial revolution and citing the contributions of such figures as Washington, Jefferson, and van Buren. 70,000 first printing.
The author of King Leopold's Ghost offers a stirring account of the first great human rights crusade, which originated in England in the 1780s and resulted in the freeing of hundreds of thousands of slaves around the world. Reprint.
The torture memos and reports which U.S. government officials wrote to prepare for and legitimize coercive interrogation, including techniques many would label as torture, are brought together in this collection of documents. 25,000 first printing.
Reveals how, after the Kenyans fought alongside Allied forces in World War II, the British colonial government detained more than one million Kenyan minorities in prisons and work camps where many met their deaths as a result of a British attempt to destroy official records of the attempt to stop the Mau Mau uprising. 60,000 first printing.
A quirky social history of American fashion explains how President Kennedy's refusal to wear a hat helped contribute to the obsolescence of the hat as a vital component of American men's fashion, tracing the history of different hat styles as a statement of a man's social status to the 1960s when the male hat became obsolete. Original.
Outlines principles for ethical behavior while counseling readers on how to put ethical thinking into practice, drawing on the stories of leaders, whistleblowers, and everyday people to examine such events as the Enron scandal, the space shuttle tragedy, and the war in Iraq. By the author of How Good People Make Tough Choices. 25,000 first printing.
A study of the downfall of some of history's greatest civilizations, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, includes coverage of such cultures as the Anasazi, the Maya, and the Viking colony on Greenland, tracing patterns of environmental damage, climate change, poor political choices, and other factors that were pivotal to their demise. 250,000 first printing.
A lighthearted exploration of pop culture's fascination with gag and practical joke novelty items celebrates the history of the industry, exploring the originality, if tastelessness, of such items as the Whoopee Cushion, the artificial ink spot, and the rubber chicken. 25,000 first printing.